School supplies…

School supplies…

Bookbags, specifically. My stepson is about to start first grade, and we know he's going to need a backpack. Any high-quality--and still cheap--recommendations? I want to get something we can see a good three years out of, if at all possible. (The Spiderman bag we got him for kindergarten fell apart in January.) I only have one stipulation. I refuse to buy Eastpak brand--every year from 6th grade until 10th, my mom bought that for me, and they always fell apart by March at the latest (usually zipper failure). Finally I talked her into getting me a Columbia brand bag, and it lasted me through two more years of high school and three and a half years of college before finally imploding. Should I just shell out for an LL Bean bag, with the whole lifetime guarantee (they're only $24, which isn't bad)? Jansport (apparently the most poular brand of bookbag ever, if Google search is any indication)? Should I stick with Columbia? Thanks!
Some pictures of my old college apartment

Some pictures of my old college apartment

ah, germany

ah, germany

Here we are.

Here we are.

Perhaps they’ll make me happy this year.

Perhaps they’ll make me happy this year.

Garden Update

Garden Update

Identify this vine!

Identify this vine!